Probate

Probate is the process of proving that the will of a deceased person is valid. Probate files often contain copies of wills, affidavits and other documents of interest. In Fiji probate is controlled by the Land Titles Office, Government Building, Suva.

Indexes and Will Books have been microfilmed to 1990 by the Family History Library.

Fijian Probate Records Index 1880 – 1991 (3 microfilms)

Abbas to Jaswant Singh – Film 1715330
Jaswant Singh to Sundar – Film 1715342
Sundar to Zimmer – Film 1715342

Note – these records are arranged roughly alphabetically by first name.

Probate Records for Fiji 1879-1990 (17 microfilms)

Jun. 1879-Apr. 1934 -  Film [ 1817389 ]
Jan. 1934-Aug. 1947 -  Film [ 1817399 ]
Aug. 1947-Jul. 1953 -  Film [ 1817404 ]
Jan. 1953-OCt. 1958 -  Film [ 1817405 ]
1958-1961 -  Film 1817409
1961-1965 -  Film 1817400
1965-1969 -  Film 1817401
1969-1972 -  Film 1817402
1972-1975 -  Film 1817403
1975-1977 -  Film 1817411
1977-1979 -  Film 1817412
1979-1981 -  Film 1817413
1981-1983 -  Film 1817414
1983-1986 -  Film 1817415
1985-1988 -  Film 1817416
1987-1988 -  Film 1817417
1988-1990 -  Film 1817410

Note – some records have been filmed out of chronological sequence. say the day end So shine

Native Land Records 1890-1980

Native Land  Records 1890-1980

The Family History Library has microfilmed 117 reels of records from the Native Lands Commission at the Ministry of Fijian Affairs in 1981-1982.

Includes evidence books, clan genealogies, and registers of native land owners. The evidence books consist of sworn testimony on the extent of the communal land holdings of Fijian clans. Clan genealogies consist of sworn statements and pedigree charts. The land owner registers list the members of each clan along with their birthyear or birthdate, references to parentage and death date if known. In most cases there is an original set of land owner registers that was updated with a supplement; and a second set of registers that were continuously updated with new children born into the clan. Also includes evidence books for reserve lands and fishing rights.

The set of registers listed under each province as “Land owner registers (new)” is indexed by a card file that was also filmed. The index cards include information on birthdate and family relation- ships. The index number on each card consists of a: clan no., line no., and province abbreviation. For example: (7-676)Tl refers to clan no. 7, individual on line no. 676, in Tailevu Province

Land records were generated by the Native Lands Commission to provide legal title for clans to their traditional land holdings. A land commissioner was sent to each province to obtain oral testimony on holdings and clan genealogy. Information was then compiled into registers (Vola ni Kawa) of clan members that shared in the communal ownership of the clan. Vital information goes back to early 1800′s.

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